Winners & Losers, Part 2

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.—Ephesians 4:1-6

Re-read the verse in bold above. That’s the we-can-work-it-out mantra, right? We have got to begin with this basic biblical understanding in order to get through the stuff of life. Without working at unity, we will not see the Kingdom of Christ and have the opportunity it was created for; to reconcile separated people back into relationship with Christ. 

In fact, when Christ died for our sins, we refer to that as the “atonement.” Break the word down . . . at-one-ment. What He did brought and bought us back—and now it’s our job, too.  (See 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:1 for more on this.)

So do you have it?  This passion for oneness. For unity. For crossing the line together? That’s victory. No winners or losers, but people and marriages and friends working together to attain what God desires. 

This call to unity is so clearly laid out by Paul in Ephesians 4:1-6. While I am certainly not suggesting unity at any cost, I am suggesting that our passion for unity will cause us to go to great lengths to “preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 

Are you that kind of follower of Christ? Passionate about unity? 

One of the key obstacles against unity is the major hurdle of our so-called rights. “I have a right to a lawyer, a right to remain silent.” “I won’t tolerate that kind of treatment.” “I won’t let them get away with that.”

I, I, I. It’s the letter right in the middle of sin.

Let’s work on working it out. Let’s put down the “I”, the winner’s goal. And pick up God’s, the one, the us, the we, the one perspective for resolving our problems and experiencing reconciliation. 

We can do this. The world is watching. Relinquish your rights. Don’t think about winners and losers. Think about the bride of Christ maintaining fidelity and oneness to Him and to one another. 

Let’s work it out. Will you? —Joel Anderson

Journal :

·         Am I drawing from God’s vision for unity in ALL of my relationships both in and out of the church?

·         Why are my rights so important to me? What does this tell me about my faith in God’s ability to handle any circumstance for me?

Prayer – Father in heaven, help me again today to choose to trust You with my relationships. Give me a vision of Your kind of unity, where the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all work together in perfect unity for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.